Goddard is needed today more than ever. Our students are adults who live in the real world while undertaking their studies in an unique system of one-on-one mentorship. Goddard fosters democracy and the philosophy of transformational, student-centered learning–of knowing, being, and doing. When you invest in Goddard, you invest in future generations of radical thinkers and lifelong learners who take responsible and imaginative action to change the world.

Thank you for your support!

2015 Sustaining Donor Program

Sustain the magic of Goddard with a monthly gift. We are building a sustainable Goddard, one donor at a time.

By making a recurring monthly donation, you make a lasting commitment that will support initiatives in sustainable energy on campus, innovative academic programs, new alumni offerings, student services, and much more. Sustaining donors help us plan for the future.  Gifts of any amount–even $10 a month–are greatly appreciated.

Becoming a sustaining donor is automatic and easy!

Click here to start giving monthly.

Thank you for joining the Goddard College Sustaining Donor Program.

Support the Annual Fund

Goddard’s Annual Fund provides for the day-to-day operation of every facet of the College, from library resources to heat, staff and faculty salaries to electricity. Unrestricted gifts of any size contribute to the quality of a Goddard education and support students and financial aid, excellent faculty, the campus in Vermont and other sites, and the technology that makes it all possible.

  1. Single Gifts: You can send a check (made out to Goddard College) or donate online today.
  2. Monthly Giving: You can make a monthly donation by credit card, which is automatically deducted.

Support the Goddard/PEN Center USA Scholarship Fund

The Goddard/PEN Center USA Scholarship is the result of a partnership between Goddard’s MFA in Creative Writing Program and PEN Center USA, one of the largest literary organizations in the United States.

Beginning in fall of 2016, the College will award one $10,000 Goddard/PEN Center USA Scholarship to an MFA applicant in Creative Writing who is a past PEN  Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. The first award is made possible by a generous $10,000 gift from faculty and friends of Goddard College. Your support provides funding for future Goddard/PEN Center USA Scholarship awards at Goddard College.

Support the Haybarn Theatre Renovation Fund

Support the Haybarn Theatre Renovation Fund and help us raise funds for Phase 2 renovations, to include:

  • New chairs for floor seating;
  • Building new storage for our Steinway Grand Piano;
  • Installing new high-velocity, whisper-quiet fans;
  • More projected renovations.

Read the feature article about our latest fundraising concert in the Burlington Free Press: Article 4.23.15

In 2014, our $30,000 grant from the Vermont Arts Council was matched for Phase 1 renovations and $107,000 in renovations were made.  Thank you! All proceeds funded:

  • Energy efficient LED theatre lights.
  • Permanent sound system and acoustic treatment.
  • Assistive listening devices for the hearing-impaired.
  • New ADA accessible foyer bathroom facilities.

Support the Playwrights Enrichment Fund

The Playwrights Enrichment Series brings luminaries from the American theatre and film communities to Goddard to lead professional development workshops and discuss career opportunities with our dramatic writing students. It is a shining example of playwrights helping playwrights, and is supported by generous donations from dramatic writing alumni. Click here to learn more and to give to the Playwrights Enrichment Fund.

Support Students with Scholarships

Spirit of Goddard Scholarships

The Spirit of Goddard General Scholarship is a permanently endowed fund that provides annual scholarships to eligible students. Graduating students, friends, and families are invited to contribute to the Spirit of Goddard Scholarship. From time to time, the College will launch campaigns to grow the Spirit of Goddard endowed scholarship program.

There are several ways to contribute to the Spirit of Goddard Scholarship:

  1. Founding Donors: Permanently named donors who give $10,000 or more.
  2. Memorial Gifts: Given by one or many donors in memory of a specific person.
  3. Individual gifts in any amount.

Named Scholarships

With a gift of $100,000 or more, a donor can establish an endowed scholarship named for a specific person, entity or purpose, in consultation with the Advancement Office.

Transfer of Appreciated Securities

Giving appreciated securities to Goddard College may be preferable to giving cash. Federal tax law offers special incentives for non-cash gifts, particularly if that property has appreciated. When you give a gift of stock, you avoid capital gains tax. Gains are taxable if you were to sell the stock yourself, but not if you gift it to Goddard College.

Your charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes is based on the full fair market value of the stock on the date of stock transfer. You receive credit from Goddard College for the full fair market value, but the cost to you is only your original purchase price.

Stock may be transferred to: People’s Securities, Inc., DTC# 0220, FBO Goddard College, Account # 42111951.

Planned Giving


Making a bequest to Goddard provides an important legacy, insuring that a Goddard education exists for generations to come.

If you want to include Goddard in your will, here is some suggested language you can use: “I give (the sum of __ dollars) OR (all, or ___ percent of the residuary of my estate) to Goddard College of Plainfield, Vermont, for its general purposes.”

You can also state a specific purpose for the gift. We recommend that you consult with an attorney. Let us know how we can help, and also let us know if you have planned a gift for Goddard.

Stock Transfer or Other Assets

When you give a gift of stock, everyone benefits. You are entitled to a tax deduction for the market value of that stock, and if you have held the stock for more than a year, you can avoid capital gains tax (on appreciation) by donating the stock prior to sale. Goddard benefits by the gift itself, by selling it without paying taxes on the gain.

Please contact us for further information on how to make a transfer of appreciated gifts.

Life Insurance

Naming Goddard College the owner and irrevocable beneficiary of a paid-up or variable life insurance policy can give you an immediate charitable deduction (for income tax purposes) equal to the fair market value of the policy.

Retirement Plans

You can name Goddard College as beneficiary for any IRA or Keogh pension plan funds not sued in your lifetime. This saves your estate significant income or estate taxes once the assets pass to the College.

Book Donations to The Eliot D. Pratt Library

Gifts of Works Authored by Alumni, Students, Staff or Faculty:

The library will gratefully accept donations of works (books, CDs, DVDs, plays, chapbooks, etc.) authored by Goddard alumni, faculty, staff and students.  Two copies are optimal for adding to both the general collection and the special collection.*  Please send your publications directly to:

Goddard College
Advancement Office
123 Pitkin Rd.
Plainfield, VT 05667

*Please note: the special collection is reserved for matriculated alumni, current student, current staff, current and former faculty, and current and former trustee publications. Non-matriculated alumni and withdrawn student publications will be added to the general collection.

Your publication will also be considered for a review in Clockworks, the alumni magazine. Digital images of your book cover can be emailed to clockworks@goddard.edu.

Click here to read the full book donation policy.